The Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program is registered as a part of the National Apprenticeship Program in accordance with the Department of Labor, designed to enhance and develop future Fire and Aviation Managers. The intent of the Program is to take a career entry firefighter and provide education, training and paid work experience over a 12 to 48 month period, depending on experience. Upon successful completion of all the requirements of the Apprenticeship Program, the apprentice will reach journey-level status as a wildland firefighter.

Want to find out how to become an Apprentice?


  • All academies are complete for the year and we are starting to plan for next year. See the schedule for next year’s academy dates.

  • We will start outreaching for staff and instructors soon. Applications will be available on the Wildland Fire Learning Portal. If you don't have an account please create one in order to apply.

  • Check out the curriculum for both the Basic (formerly Foundational) and Advanced (Formerly Core) Academies Here.

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2021 Academy Dates

Basic Academy 80

January 10 - February 5, 2021

Advanced Academy 81

January 10 - February 5, 2021

Basic Academy 81

February 7 - March 5, 2021

Advanced Academy 82

February 7 - March 5, 2021

Advanced Academy 83 (SE Location)

January 17 - February 12, 2021

Basic Academy 82 (SE Location)

February 21 - March 19, 2021

Basic Academy 83

March 7 - April 3, 2021

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